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Mayawati : Support for Congress in Uttarakhand not a signal for alliance

 2016-05-11 08:56:28.0

mayawati1Tahlka news Bureau,

Lucknow:�BSP on Tuesday denied the suggestion that its supporting Congress in Uttarakhand could be considered a signal for a possible alliance between the two parties for the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.

BSP senior member S C Mishra said that the party supported Congress only because they could not have helped BJP in the trial of strength.

This decision applied to the specific situation and stemmed from their consistent stand against communal forces. It will be utterly wrong to say that it will lead to an alliance with Congress.

Talking to TOI just after two BSP MLAs supported dismissed CM Harish Rawat in the trial of strength, Mishra stated that BSP will contest all the the seats in UP .

The assertion of Mishra, a close aide of Mayawati and leader of BSP in Rajya Sabha, comes amid increasingly vocal advocacy for erecting a 'grand secular alliance' to counter BJP , which swept the largest state in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

BSP had tied up with Congress in UP for the assembly polls in 1996, with the latter agreeing to play second fiddle by contesting only 100 seats. Mishra's statement suggests that Mayawati is in no mood to repeat the experiment.

The BSP member also denied the suggestion, rife in BJP circles, that Mayawati had agreed to abstain from the floor test but changed her decision on Monday night, directing her two MLAs to support Rawat.

Within political circles, BSP's decision appeared to make sense.

They would have played into the hands of Samajwadi Party had they supported BJP directly or indirectly. SP would have mauled them by seizing upon their assistance to BJP as anti-Muslim, a source said.

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